The electrification programme between Manchester and Liverpool was the trail blazer regarding recent UK conversion to electric trains. Being an early adopter of new technology and the Series 2 design range brought specific challenges, with minimal prior knowledge from other projects. PACE worked in close collaboration with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and our partners to meet project needs and ensure component supply was effective and well communicated.
2015 saw the start of the Midland Mainline programme of works, with the first section running from Bedford to Corby. Before the project commenced, PACE Networks strived to understand the requirements for supply schedules, product development and other bespoke features of the line. PACE acted as the communication link between the project and the manufacturers to ensure supply to the project and help the manufacturers evolve their product bag.
Between June 2013 and May 2014 overhead line equipment was installed from Springburn to Cumbernauld, enabling the use of electric traction units. As the first section of the much-discussed EGIP programme of works, this was a test bed for new equipment and new approaches in Scotland. In addition to supporting Bonomi Group in providing an extended range of OLE equipment, PACE collaborated with Network Rail, Carillion and Morris Line in the development of a new simple earthing switch.
Major improvement work was needed on the Chase line services due to the increasing number of passengers. To provide this growth, investment of over £100m has been made to electrify and upgrade the line between Walsall and Rugeley, to enable a faster and more frequent service in the future. PACE managed the project to include fitting of Cantilevers, Fittings, Droppers, and Switches.
As part of the £1bn+ Great North Rail Project investment, the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton will be upgraded to allow for faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys from December 2017.Once again, PACE managed the project, under different contractors, to facilitate the fitting of Cantilevers, Fittings, Droppers, and Switches.
All four rail routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow on the Shotts line will be electrified by 2019. The project is part of a wider £160m programme to improve links between Scotland’s two biggest cities. PACE has been heavily involved with the Shotts line electrification project, successfully managing communications between the project and manufacturers to provide Omnia cantilevers, Rebosio insulators, Bonomi fittings and Morris Line Engineering isolators.